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Poster: Liamfinnegan Date: Oct 27, 2006 7:54pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: NIght of magical seques and transitions- 12/31/78

Can great shows be talked about too much? Maybe. But the main reason I contribute to the board is the newbies- sure it is not the only reason- not much else to do when you are dead- but this post will make at least one person buy and hear the closing of the winterland show and marvel.

I already mentioned the Miracle dissolving into Terrapin- Even better is the short Dark Star which does not seque into The Other One- it simply morphs into The Other One like they are one song- it is orgasmic and displays the finest musicianship - which in my opinion comes from the listening skills of the players- I played horns in drum and bugle corps for many years- We had a 56 person horn section taught by a julliard grad- we were magnificent- and we were taught from day one about listening to one another

I know I mentioned this experience on this board when talking about dynamics- about how playing very well at double pianissimo makes Forte sound like triple forte- about how to effectively do accelerondos and decelerandos- the band does all of this so damn well-

Ensemble playing no one member totally dominating for too long- that is what makes a great band- and this show- sort of a mid-point in their career, captures it so well.

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Poster: Capt. Cook Date: Oct 27, 2006 9:21pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: NIght of magical seques and transitions- 12/31/78

Liam my favorite spot in the whole blessed night ius the incredible jam that transpires during and out of the drums. You've got Kelly on harp and an assortment of percussion demons banging, shaking, rattling every little noise maker they could find. The Not Fade Away transition is also insane and wonderful. Starting from I Need a Miracle you've got 60 minutes of stellar improv on a night when all the camera's were rolling. Great stuff!!! Also, I love the little Dark Star coda after The Other One, just a few notes that leads into a magical Wharf Rat....

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Poster: deadmax Date: Oct 28, 2006 5:10am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: NIght of magical seques and transitions- 12/31/78

Was this show an album back in the day with blue rose(s) on the cover? It would have been a bootleg album. Did you know they even made those back then?

I think it was.

Does anyone else remember this?

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Poster: Arbuthnot Date: Oct 28, 2006 6:55am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: NIght of magical seques and transitions- 12/31/78

deadmax: it was definitely a bootleg, which i picked up in the early 80's i think ... on vinyl! And still lovin' it today. Don't know about the blue roses though. The cover of the album has Jerry giving a toast holding up a wine glass, and the back of the LP has a flyer with a rose (black & white), and the opening acts were Blues Brothers & NRPS, with "breakfast served at dawn." The album was pressed in France. And while i very much loved this album back in the day, and still do, i have come to learn that it's a bit short of the whole show, with several songs cut out, most notably the WHARF RAT > ST STEPHEN (aargh!).

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Poster: patkelley Date: Oct 28, 2006 7:00am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: NIght of magical seques and transitions- 12/31/78

I've seen several of these "blue bootlegs" in my Uncle's collection, my Dad may even have some as well. I'm surprised at the decent sound quality on them.

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Poster: lobster12 Date: Oct 28, 2006 8:38am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: NIght of magical seques and transitions- 12/31/78

Liam, thanks for posting this. I happen to think this goes down as one of the greats, but when you looks at the reviews for the show on the site it's surprisingly small, especially since this is a GD release. I urge people to take a listen it's great stuff. That first set actually starts at midnight.

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Poster: RiverRat1492 Date: Oct 28, 2006 2:01pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: NIght of magical seques and transitions- 12/31/78

Hey Liam and Capt. I agree with you guys. I was given the 4 CD release for Christmas. Gets more use than most Christmas gifts...I really like the NFA part of the show too. Actually, I listened to it last night and was as sweet as ever. (That and some fine selections of the '73 vintage made painting the basement walls almost enjoyable.) Try as I might, I never got the hang of playing an instrument. That said, even to a joker like me, watching the DVD with everyone playing that part of show...imagine the fun... Also, its kind of sad to hear a NFA like that compared to what it turned into later on. (Seems to me this has been discussed before.) Enough rambling...

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Poster: cousinkix1953 Date: Oct 29, 2006 3:03am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: NIght of magical seques and transitions- 12/31/78

"The cover of the album has Jerry giving a toast holding up a wine glass, and the back of the LP has a flyer with a rose (black & white), and the opening acts were Blues Brothers & NRPS, with "breakfast served at dawn." The album was pressed in France."

That's the one. A 3 disc set of highlites. I found it around 6 months after the show at an independent store.

The blue/white album mentioned earlier is a 2 discs of highlites from the closing of the Fillmore West in 1971. Also includes the "deadicated to Owsley" into the Other One that is missing from most circulatibg archive tape sources...

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Poster: Cranky1 Date: Oct 29, 2006 8:00am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: NIght of magical seques and transitions- 12/31/78

http://bt.etree.org/details.php?id=24598 with no peers.
This is the 12/30/78 show. It's here on the archive as a smokin' aud
http://www.archive.org/details/gd78-12-30.aud-schug.warner.19417.sbeok.shnf
Should be heard with 12/31. Maybe we can drum up some interest in this 12/30 show and gt it seeded.

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Poster: TheDaliTrauma Date: Oct 29, 2006 8:13am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: NIght of magical seques and transitions- 12/31/78

Yes! This was the first tape I ever got my hands on. Was an FM Radio broadcast if I recall. Didn't have the whole thing. I remember Weir saying something like "If you find yourself confronted by the camera, do something interesting..."

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Poster: Dhamma1 Date: Oct 28, 2006 6:15am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: NIght of magical seques and transitions- 12/31/78

If, like me, you're inclined to immediately go looking for this show, it appears to be only available from the band at:

http://stores.musictoday.com/store/product.asp?band_id=171&dept_id=6766&pf_id=DEDD111&nugsid=595619&affid=

on 4 CDs under the title "The Closing of Winterland" for $27 or for downloading.

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Poster: patkelley Date: Oct 28, 2006 6:57am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: NIght of magical seques and transitions- 12/31/78

True. It's also a DVD with some funny cheesy effects.